England take on Norway in tonight’s International friendly match at Wembley (20:00 k/o). It is the Three Lions first match after succumbing to a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica; enough to put them out of the World Cup in the Group Stages.
Manager Roy Hodgson has selected a youthful side to start against the Scandinavian outfit, Hodgson last night confirming his stating XI –
Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines,
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson,
Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney
Hodgson also named four uncapped England players for the international break; Calum Chambers, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Jack Colback. The latter will miss the game against Norway through injury as will new Arsenal signing, Danny Welbeck. Whilst the other three debutants will be named on the substitutes bench.
Speaking ahead of the game and reflecting on his squad selection, Hodgson said, “This is a team that contains interesting young talent with enormous potential. There will be one or two that wouldn’t have played many games.
“The young ones have to step up to the plate and make certain they don’t let themselves down.”
The game against Norway will also be a chance for England fans to see their new captain lead out his troops as Wayne Rooney has been handed over the responsibility of wearing the armband for the Three Lions.
The Norweigians will prove a stern test for the first match since the heartache of the World Cup; but Hodgson’s men need to move on and prepare their minds for Euro 2016. A young, talented squad that has potential to ignite into a very good footballing side, the preperation begins now.
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